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          Thu 20

          NAMI Family Support Group (online, 3rd Thu)

          August 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm CDT
          Sep 03

          NAMI Family Support Group (online)

          September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
        • Family-to-Family Class

          Mon 10

          NAMI Family-to-Family Class

          August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
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        • Connection Support Group

          Sat 08

          NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

          August 8 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm CDT
          Mon 10

          NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

          August 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CDT

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Sat 08

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 8 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm CDT
Mon 10

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CDT

About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery?

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

We're Here to Listen

Call the CICS 24-hour
Crisis Line/Mobile Response

In Crisis? Call 844-258-8858
or text 800-332-4224

You can chat one-to-one online at:
www.Foundation2CrisisChat.org

Online & texting chats are available from 9am-3pm M-F. All contacts are confidential.

Call the NAMI Helpline at

1-800-273-8255

Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741

As of March 2020, all in-person support groups have been suspended – please check out our YouTube channel for upcoming virtual events!

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A peer-led group for adult family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • Talk productively about your challenges and goals
  • Find a community who can relate
  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way
  • Benefit through other’s experiences
  • Discover your inner strength
  • Learn how to identify local resources and how to use them

Interested? Contact us for more information.

From Next Door To Across The Nation

Become a Member

Become a part of NAMI! Subscribe to the latest mental health updates, participate in an online discussion group, learn how to advocate in your community and add your voice to the mental health movement.

Get Involved

Thank you for your generous tax-deductible donation. You are helping us provide support, education, and advocacy to thousands of people living with mental illness in Iowa.

Get In Touch

The families and members of NAMI Central Iowa are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.